Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Ricki Lake Show Wrap-up

The episode of The Ricki Lake Show I was on aired on Monday. You guys are AMAZING. I watched the show, took a walk and disconnected a bit from the world and I came back to amazing love ♥ in my inbox, on my Facebook page and Twitter. Thank you for that and thank you for being "my peeps who get it." I am blessed to have crossed life paths with you all.

Clip from the show:


The full episode is not available online as of yet :( Bummer because there is another segment. I'll post the link if that ever changes. Maybe a few messages might help ;)


More about my appearance:

Eggface on TV
The Ricki Lake Show Taping Day
The Ricki Lake Show Premiere (commercial)
My Before Pants Coin Purse (seen on the show)

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23 comments:

Susan said...

The show was great! I was very surprised by what you were there for though. I assumed(which I should never do) that it would be about your recipes or your blog or something. Color me shocked to hear you confessing to not being able to relate to the new you.
I can relate and I'm sure so can a lot of other people. You are an amazing woman and I love you that much more for your candidness about the surgery and head stuff that goes along with it.

Hey did you get that guys phone number his accent alone was amazing LOL

Big hugs to you, I'm so glad I found your blog when I did you have been a GIANT help.

Susan

Jamie said...

You're so brave Michelle! Thank you for being such a great advocate for our cause!

The Dandy Bandy said...

OOOO I hope they post the whole thing! I watched the clip they had and it stopped like mid sentence!!! I haven't tried Hulu yet... I'll have to check it out :)

Ronnie said...

Michelle,

Typically, on the blog, we see the funny and upbeat side of you after WLS. After watching the segment of the Rikki Lake Show on Monday, I was most impressed with your honesty, raw emotions, and openness in discussing the negative feelings and thoughts after WLS. I so related to all that you said on the show.

I, too, avert my eyes from the 'me now' in the mirror. I cannot stop sitting on a seat on the bus and moving so far to one side to make sure the other passenger can fit in the seat. . . and so on!

I never watch talk shows but found it worthwhile to watch your segment. The real work to be done continues with the thoughts and feelings that do not go away just because weight has been lost.

Thanks!

burnswater said...

Hi Michelle-I think you are such a brave lady. Weight loss isn't an easy topic, especially since there is so much shame attached to it.

I am having surgery tomorrow. I am trying to keep in mind that surgery isn't the end, just the end of the beginning.

Mara said...

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings, as so many of us that have been there, had the same feelings do not get the avenue to share with others and it is very brave of you to go on Nat'l TV to do so. I love that you are so honest and genuine. We appreciate everything you do for our community. This blog, you speaking out...seems to be your calling! ;)

Anonymous said...

I think you speak for many of us. I know you speak for me. I am one year post bypass surgery. I have lost 125 pounds and now wear a size 6, but I still feel fat. I struggle with everyone's perception of me now and the attention, especially male. I want to shout that I am the same person you use to ignore...but I guess that I really am not that person anymore. Sometimes I am not sure who I am. I am greatful that you had the courage to speak aloud what I frequently think. You are truely an inspiration. Thank you. Cathy

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for posting the clip! I didn't get to watch the show so I'll be looking for the rest to be posted in the near future.
I can so relate to what you feel and have posted about it on my blog as well.
You are an amazing inspiration to those of us in the WLS community!

Thank you again for sharing :)

Azmomo2 said...

You are an amazing women! Thanks for the inspiration and all the yummy recipes! I am glad that I am not alone... although I haven't reached nearly my goal weight yet, I have lost about 50 pounds, and not one ounce do I see when I look in the mirror. I hope once I lose as much as you that I notice it somehow!

Georgia Cartwright said...

Tears were running down my face while I was watching your video diary. My choice to have the surgery was when I overheard my grandchildren making fun of me with there friends. To this day it still hurts. I have lost 120 pounds and I follow you and your blogs. You are a amazing women that I would be honored to call you a friend.

Danyelle said...

Michelle,

Thank you so much for everything you do in fighting for the obese. I had VSG back in Sept '11 and have just celebrated my one year surgiversary. I fight everyday battling my demons and still finding it hard to figure out how I fit in. I've been following your blog since the day after surgery and I have never thought of you having your own demons. I've been so used to the Shelly that has it all together and who is happy. So much in fact that I thought I was a terrible patient due to the fact that I am continuously battling not picking up the junk food. Watching you today has put me to ease knowing that you go through the same thing. Thank you for being human. You are my biggest mentor even though we have never talked or conversed. I just hope you realize that you are a gift to all of us and if it wasn't for you, I'm not for sure that I would have lost as much as I have. Thank you for being a crusader. Love, Danyelle

The Lingo Family said...

You are amazing. :)

Teresa said...

Michelle,
I did not see the show; it didn't air in my area (well, it may have, but I don't have cable/satellite), so thanks for the clip. I, like Susan, was surprised by the topic. I, too, thought it would be about your blog/ recipes/ successes. You are so open and honest and such an inspiration to so many. I haven't had surgery, and I don't know that I'm brave enough to do so, but I love your blog and your sense of humor. Can't wait to see the entire episode. You are the greatest!

Denise H. said...

Thanks for 'representin'" Shell. It means a lot that you took one for the team and got out there again. How will the world ever 'get' us if we don't?

Not only do I deal with the WLS issues, but I deal with people 'getting' the fact that I have Lupus, and 'getting' what it's like to be a single mother.

It's a lonely world most of the time.

But you are not alone! You have us and we love you unconditionally and with all our hearts!

MANY XXXXXX's and OOOOOO's

Dana said...

Just watched the show. Great topic. And I agree with the way those strangers described you! Plus I will add one more as one of your blog reader fans -- FANTASTIC!

Rdoactv said...

You are truly amazing! Your honesty and candor touched me. Im preop and not an extremely high bmi but feel myself try to shrink myself in public so as to draw as little attention as possible.Thank you for being open and willing to discuss your feelings and experience both pre and post surgery. So brave. Im so glad to have found your blog.

Unknown said...

OMG Michelle - I relate to every word you said in this clip. It made me cry because I am a recent gastric sleever ( May 2012) and although I have lost 60 lbns so far, I don't see it and I don't feel any different than the fat girl I have always been. Thank you thank you thank you for touching on this topic. I just adore you and your struggle and your victory :)You are what we need to look up to in the WLS community :)

Vanessa said...

Hello Michelle,
Thanks for your honesty. i didn't catch the show but saw your post of the segment. I have lost 259 pounds from the WLS. and afterwrads had many surgeries with complications from it. i have yet to do the skin surgery and still have alot of excess skin. i can so relate to your feelings. I too still look in the mirror and see the 404 pound girl. i dont see the size 8 staring back at me. i still run to the plus size section in the store only to stand there and look confused. i read your blog from time to time and snag a recipe or two. i wanna thanks you again. i often refer your blog to new pts and friends seeking help from the WLS.

Kathy Marble said...

You are an inspiration to all of us who have struggled with our weight. God bless.

Anonymous said...

Michelle you are an inspiration to us all!!!

ldcason3@comcast.net said...

Doing my "pre-surgery research" and just found your site. Looking forward to learning what I can from where you have been and what you have done. Thank you for sharing.

Sara Thornton said...

Just want to say I didn't get a chance to watch this back in Sept. I've been waiting for maybe the episode to rear it's head on YouTube or someplace but it's nowhere to be found other than the 4 minute clip you posted. Sadface!

steph said...

I've been on your site for 2 months now, basically getting recipes and ideas. I fancy myself a foodie and love the inspiration for recipe tweaks. That all said, I have passed this page numerous times without watching the video. Tonight, I watched and was humbled. I am only 6 weeks out from surgery, so still new. However, 5 years ago I lost 100 pounds. I could never get used to it and hated it when people told me how "great I looked". I was the same person as before but all of sudden there was interest in getting to know me because "I looked better". It made me sick to my stomach. Gaining the weight back was awful on the one hand and comforting on the other - I felt like me again. This time, going for the surgery, I know that demon will arise again. Watching this clip was refreshing to know that I am not alone in feeling like I am on the outside - fat or thin. Society, media, the expectations are just so much pressure. I truly hope that we move forward towards acceptance as a society and as individuals. I definitely see my own work to do in this regard. Thanks for putting yourself out there.